In today’s world, email scams (aka phishing attempts) are common. But if you’re vigilant and know the warning signs, you can avoid falling prey.
There are plenty of helpful tips on how you can protect yourself from a phishing attempt. We recommend doing a quick Google search to learn all you can about how to spot a suspicious email. In the meantime, here are a few tips to help get you started:
1. Trust your gut. If an email just doesn’t look right, delete it. Or, if you’re unsure, look for a robust signature line, including phone number, credentials, and the brokerage address. Call to speak with the agent directly to make sure the communication is not a scam.
For example, you’d want to look for something like this:
And be wary of a signature line that looks like this:
Smith Real Estate
2. An email you receive may look official, but if it asks for any personal information, asks you to review an attachment, or asks you to click a link you don’t recognize, consider that a warning sign. Under no circumstances should you send info, open attachments or click links without first confirming that the communication is legitimate.
3. Check for poor spelling and grammar. If the message is full of mistakes, it’s probably not legitimate.
4. Closely examine the email address. Often, the address is someone you know, but if you really look, there’s almost always a letter or number missing. This is how scammers fool you into thinking the email is from someone you know.